Thousands attend ministry’s CNY event

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  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2020

All together now: Persatuan Peranakan baba nyonya Pulau Pinang members Jane Choo (in green kebaya) and Lilian Tong (Choo’s right) showing people how to make ‘nian gao’ fritters at the event.

GEORGE TOWN: The Chinese New Year celebration officially ended on Feb 8 but the “party” went on with an open house organised by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.

Thousands of people turned up for the day-long event at the Esplanade here which culminated with a mega concert by leading artistes yesterday evening.

Cooking demonstrations on preparing kuih kapit (love letters), kuih bakul (nian gao) and yee sang were held, alongside interactive workshops on Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting and stone painting.

Visitors were also treated to a lion dance on stilts performance by Kun Seng Keng Lion and Dragon Dance Association from Muar, Johor.

The troupe has won 76 world and 83 national champion titles.

Apart from the beating of drums by members from Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Kung Fu Club, other Chinese cultural performances were given by Istana Budaya, Yan Yang Tian Acrobatic and Cultural Centre, and Soka Gakkai Malaysia.

Other artistes who performed were Masya Masyitah, Fuying & Sam, Geraldine Gan and Azmir Arif.

Gracing the event were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and his wife Tan Lean Kee.

Together, they tossed the yee sang to invite good fortune and prosperity in the Year of the Rat.

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